Call us old school, but even during the cupcake craze, we still have a special place in our hearts for cheesecake. You can be your very own Sara Lee this weekend with a healthy cheesecake recipe that comes in at only 248 calories. Nutrition chef Valerie Cogswell was kind enough to share her Power Crunch Cheesecake Custard with Raspberries, Whipped Cream & Graham Cracker Crunch with the sweet tooths at YouBeauty.

While traditional cheesecake is full of sugar and fat, this Cheesecake Custard is full of flavor and protein. Low-fat ricotta, sweet mascarpone cheese, agave nectar and metabolism-boosting Power Crunch Vanilla Crème Proto Whey Protein Powder are whipped until smooth to form a luscious custard. Garnished with fresh raspberries, a cloud of real whipped cream and crushed graham crackers, this mouthwatering dessert is a deliciously lighter substitute for conventional cheesecake.

Power Crunch Cheesecake Custard with Raspberries, Whipped Cream & Graham Cracker Crunch

Makes 5 servings
Serving size: 1/2 cup custard
Calories per serving: 248
Protein per serving: 16 grams
Carbohydrates per serving: 23 grams
Fat per serving: 13.5 grams

Custard Ingredients:

  • 1 (15-ounce) carton low-fat ricotta cheese
  • 1/3 heaping cup mascarpone cheese (an Italian cream cheese found in the dairy aisle at your local market)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 3 scoops Power Crunch Vanilla Crème Proto Whey Protein Powder
  • 1¼ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2½ tablespoons agave nectar
  • 1 pinch sea salt

For serving:

  • ¼ cup crushed graham crackers (broken into tiny pieces)
  • fresh raspberries or frozen raspberries or mixed berries (defrosted)
  • Real light whipped cream in the can


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together ricotta cheese, mascarpone cheese and almond milk until smooth.
  2. Add Power Crunch Vanilla Crème Proto Whey Protein Powder, pure vanilla, agave nectar and sea salt and continue whisking until very smooth.
  3. Chill for 3 to 4 hours, or preferably overnight.
  4. Serve custard in individual glasses. Top with raspberries or mixed berries, a big dollop of light whipped cream and a sprinkle of graham cracker. Enjoy!

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